Wasim Jaffer continues to defy odds at 40

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The 40-year-old Vidarbha batsman Wasim Jaffer scored the best of Irani Cup while scoring his unbeaten double ton against Rest of India at VCA’s Jamtha stadium on day 2.

Wasim Jaffer who scored an unbeaten 285 runs to surpass previous best Murali Vijay’s 266 runs also completed 18000 runs in his first-class career. He completed the landmark in the 242nd innings. It was his eighth double century, first since 2009.

The Mumbaikar has produced a few meaningful knocks in last two seasons for Vidarbha. He had played one long inning that came against Goa on a slow turning track. He battled for more than six hours on that wicket.

Many thought that he was content with the Ranji Trophy’s win but on Thursday it seemed clear that he had no intentions of calling it quit. He showed his class and supremacy by hitting 34 fours and a six as he was unbeaten until the end of play on day 2.

The 40-year-old experienced campaigner played in a fashion that the opposition turned into spectator as records tumbled on day 2. He also had a 289 run partnership for the third wicket with Ganesh Satish who scored his 12th first-class century (120). The hosts already have three-century partnerships in the game.

The day’s play started slowly as Vidarbha yielded just 8 runs in first nine overs but later their patience paid off. Vidarbha ended the day at 598 runs for the loss of 3 wickets as ROI could only manage one wicket at the placid track.

Jaffer is a part of 9 Ranji title wins.

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